The Best Instagram Photos Spots in Menton

Beach of Menton - French Riviera

The Best Instagram Photos Spots in Menton

Menton is the cutest little town in South of France. Located on the coastline of the Mediterranean Sea close to the Italian border, Menton is called “The Pearl of France” for a good reason: this city is very beautiful and gifted with a fantastic climate! It’s a must-see in the French Riviera! If you are visiting Menton, you will probably look for the best places to take photos in town. To facilitate the task, I have gathered here for you the list of the Best Instagram Photos Spots in Menton. You will fall in love with every corner of this city! So, without any further ado, enjoy the Most Instagrammable Places of Menton!

Menton has a pretty medieval Old Town with cobbled streets and typical houses painted with ochre colors and ornate with pale green louvred shutters. Not only you will love to wander here, but they make great Instagram photo spots in Menton!

You have the option to walk around and find your favorite corners by yourself: the Old Town is not big, and it will be a nice way to discover the city! Or you can go to some of my recommended streets below: I added the glocalization info to help you save some time!

Staircase street with orange houses

This sloping street is very picturesque with its ochre houses and vintage lamp. And the painting gallery located here is adding a lovely touch!

Location: look for the painting gallery (Galerie de peinture in French) of Said Berkane in 13 rue de la Conception in Menton.

Little street with lemon houses

I found this street randomly as I was walking in the Old Town and I loved that it was very narrow and looked like a dead end. As you walk there, you will literally be surrounded by buildings as yellow as lemons!

Location: look for Traverse de rue de Bréa (that’s the name of this tiny street) – coordinates: 43.776225, 7.507102

My secret tip: did you know that Menton is famous for its lemons? There is even a dedicated Lemon Festival organized in the city each year in during 3 weeks from February to March. A great moment to visit it 🙂 .

Basilique Saint-Michel Archange

The Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel of Menton is a beautiful site! This 17th century catholic church is decorated with a baroque style typical of the region and offers a photogenic façade. Moreover, the small church right close to this basilica – named Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs – is very pretty as well! Therefore, it’s another recommended place for the best Instagram Photos spots in Menton!

Location: Place de l’Église in Menton.

The staircase Rampe Saint Michel

A majestic series of stairs is cascading from the Saint-Michel Archangel Basilica to the beach – called Rampe Saint Michel. This stunning double flight staircase is one of the best Instagram Photos spots in Menton! That’s why I was so sad to see that they were being renovated when I visited in July 2020 🙁 . The construction should be over by the time you read this article so you should be able to take some stunning shots here (Photo by Angie Thelovelyescapist).

Location: Rampe Saint-Michel in Menton.

Place Fontana

Place Fontana is an historical square of Menton. It used to be the port of the Old Town of Menton but after an earthquake at the end of the 19th century, the port disappeared, and this square was created at the same place.

Today it’s filled with beautiful ochre color buildings so typical from the French Riviera. Charming isn’t it?! That’s why I have added it to my list of the Best Instagram Photos Spots in Menton!

Location: Place Fontana in Menton.

Promenade de la Mer

Promenade de la Mer is one of the best places to stroll in Menton. As you are walking on this dike you can admire the Mediterranean Sea on one side and the colorful buildings of the Old Town on the other side: a great reason why it’s one of the Best Instagram Photos Spots in Menton!

My secret tips: this promenade is also offering many cafes and restaurants in case you want to take a break in your exploration 🙂 . And if you like walking there, you can continue on Promenade du Soleil on the other side of the Old Port of Menton.

Location: Promenade de la Mer in Menton.

The Beach

Menton features a few beautiful beaches, so why not take the opportunity while you are there to take a few photos? You will probably want to stay close to the Old Town and benefit from its colors in your background, therefore I recommend you go to the beach named Plage des Sablettes. Located on the east side of the old port, this beach is rather calm and sheltered with a mixture of sand, pebbles and gravel. This beach is one the fantastic Instagram Photos Spots in Menton!

Location: Plage des Sablettes in Menton.

Quai Impératrice Eugenie

Last but not least, head to Quai Impératrice Eugenie to find some amazing Instagram photos Spots in Menton. From here you will get the most magnificent views of the coastline of Menton with its myriad of colors!

The jetty Quai Impératrice Eugénie

You have two options to take photos from Quai Impératrice Eugénie. The first one is to take your photos from the jetty perpendicular to the city. It’s very picturesque!

The rocks Quai Impératrice Eugénie

The second option to take picture from Quai Impératrice Eugénie, if you are a bit more adventurous, is to go directly on the rocks and capture the view facing the city. This place is highly instagrammable as you can see!

My secret tip: stay there until sunset to see the sky taking the prettiest colors and the city lighting up little by little and admire its reflection in the water!

What to do in Menton

Now that you know all the best Instagram Photos Spots in Menton, let’s see what else you can do in Menton!

  • Get lost in the beautiful Old Town (you probably want to do this since I mentioned the old Town earlier).
  • Enjoy the beach, this is a must!
  • Walk in the beautiful Maria Serena Villa and its lush garden full of tropical plants nicknamed “Little Africa”.
  • Stroll in the Fontana Rosa Valencian garden.
  • Visit the Bastion, this fortress built in the 17th century decorated by Jean Cocteau is now a museum. Jean Cocteau a French poet, playwright, novelist, designer, filmmaker, visual artist and critic and he liked Menton a lot! Therefore, you will see a few places dedicated to him in this city.
  • Admire more of the work of Jean Cocteau in an iconic museum Musée Cocteau – Collection Séverin Wunderman designed by the renowned architect Rudy Ricciotti.
  • Go to the Casino.
  • Visit the Citrus Garden of the Palais Carnolès: this 2-hectare garden features a collection of 137 varieties of citrus, including 24 sweet orange, sour orange and lemon trees.
  • Watch the sunset from Quai de l’Impératrice Eugénie.

Where to eat in Menton

Here are some restaurants you can try when you are visiting Menton:

  • Côté Sud: this Mediterranean restaurant serves amazing pizzas amongst other dishes. It opens late in the evening, a good point if you want to see the sunset in Menton in summer and have dinner after. I ate there when I visited Menton (see pictures above) and I recommend it! Address: 15 Quai Bonaparte in Menton.
  • Le Petit Port: this cozy Mediterranean restaurant serves fresh products and have a nice terrace that you can enjoy. Address: 4 rue du Jonquier in Menton.
  • Léone: this cute Italian restaurant serves a cuisine from Puglia and is located close to the beach. Address: 13 Square Victoria in Menton.
  • Si Menton Savait: this welcoming restaurant offers a fresh cuisine with good value for money. Address: 2 Rue du Vieux Collège in Menton.
  • Le Mirazur: this gastronomic restaurant rated with three stars by the Michelin Guide is run by Argentinian chef Mauro Colagreco. It was voted the best restaurant in the world in the Restaurant Top 50 in 2019, therefore you might want to try it! Make sure to book in advance though 🙂 . Address: 30 Avenue Aristide Briand in Menton.

I fell in love with Menton at first sight and I am sure you will too! Now you know all the Best Instagram Photos Spots, what to do and where to eat in Menton. But if you have more questions, please ask me in the comments or by email!

Take a look at my complete article about the French Riviera to get more recommendations about this beautiful area in France: 10 days in the French Riviera, your road trip itinerary.  

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  • Elina
    Posted at 12:46h, 15 August Reply

    I would love to visit Menton! Lovely photos, especially from Quai Imperatrice Eugenie!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:35h, 16 August Reply

      Menton is so lovely! Quai Imperatrice Eugenie is THE best spot for sure Elina!

  • nicole
    Posted at 12:50h, 15 August Reply

    Wow it looks so charming and I love how colourful it is. It reminds me a little of italian cities.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:37h, 16 August Reply

      Menton is fabulous Nicole! It’s actually the closest city from the Italian border on the French Riviera, so the Italian influences are real!

  • Fiona Mai
    Posted at 13:30h, 15 August Reply

    Such lovely photos! I love how your outfits really matched the background. Menton looks so beautiful and it’s now officially on my list!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:40h, 16 August Reply

      Thank you Fiona, I always do my best to match my outfits with the area where I go! Happy to know that you add Menton to your bucket list!

  • madhu sharma
    Posted at 13:31h, 15 August Reply

    Wow those are beautiful pictures..makes me feel like going to this place looking amazing

  • The Globetrotting Detective
    Posted at 13:31h, 15 August Reply

    Hi Ophélie!

    What an amazing way of showing Menton to us. I love your photos and the dresses you are wearing. It’s amazing how your dresses match the places you visit! Do you take your photos by yourself or are you traveling with someone who takes photos of you?

    Thanks a lot for this great read!


    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:15h, 17 August Reply

      Thank you for your feedback Diana! I always try to match my outfit with the places I visit. I usually travel with other bloggers like me and we take photos of each other. I set up the camera and frame the shot and just ask them to click the photo I want 😀

  • Krista
    Posted at 15:27h, 15 August Reply

    I’ve never heard of this place, but it looks like the Instagram game is strong here!

  • Taylor
    Posted at 15:29h, 15 August Reply

    Wow! Menton looks so dreamy. I really want to come to this spot next time I’m in France. You also had the perfect outfits for Menton. 🙂

  • Nina
    Posted at 15:31h, 15 August Reply

    Menton looks like such a cute town! I love your beautiful pictures, especially the staircase rampe saint michel 🙂

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:13h, 17 August Reply

      Menton is adorable Nina! Thank you for the compliments! The picture taken in the staircase is not mine: as they were under construction when I visited, I used one of my friend Angie @thelovelyescapist !

  • Jamie
    Posted at 16:11h, 15 August Reply

    Love the quaintness of this charming town, thanks for sharing some inspiration!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:41h, 16 August Reply

      Menton is really a gem Jamie! I am glad you liked to discover it in my article!

  • Jessica
    Posted at 16:58h, 15 August Reply

    I love your outfits in these pics! Gorgeous!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:41h, 16 August Reply

      Thank you very much Jessica!

  • Sam
    Posted at 17:29h, 15 August Reply

    It looks like a dream here! I would love to go and I especially liked that photo from the staircase; so cool! Thanks for sharing all your secret spots with us!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:44h, 16 August Reply

      I was so bummed not to be able to capture a photo in the stunning staircase Sam! I am glad you like all these places!

  • Katie
    Posted at 18:16h, 15 August Reply

    What a beautiful town! I have been to the French Riviera a couple of times but unfortunately didn’t make it to Menton – next time for sure!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:45h, 16 August Reply

      Oh yes you have to go there next time Katie! You will adore it!!

  • Emma
    Posted at 19:17h, 15 August Reply

    Gorgeous pictures, such a lovely photogenic place. That seems like the kind of town I’d be happy exploring the little streets of. Also love your dresses especially the rainbow layered one

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:47h, 16 August Reply

      Menton is really charming, I can promise you will love to wander here Emma! Thank you!

  • Katy
    Posted at 20:48h, 15 August Reply

    What a beautiful town! The colours in your photos are just stunning

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:48h, 16 August Reply

      Menton is so photogenic, it’s so easy to take beautiful photos here Katy!

  • gerry
    Posted at 21:43h, 15 August Reply

    Wow, I wish I’d read this before I went to France 2 years ago. Such beautiful gem spots!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:49h, 16 August Reply

      Hopefully you can come back to visit Menton Gerry! It’s truly amazing!

  • Mayi
    Posted at 21:44h, 15 August Reply

    Menton is absolutely stunning town. I have been to the south several times but somehow always stop in and around Nice. I need to venture further away. Stunning photos!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:52h, 16 August Reply

      I highly recommend it Mayi: as you can see Menton is a dream! Thank you 🙂

  • cas
    Posted at 22:59h, 15 August Reply

    So many gorgeous photos and photogenic spots! I really love all the additional info you gave about Menton too. Awesome post!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:52h, 16 August Reply

      I am glad you liked all the tips and photos Cassie! Menton is such a beautiful city!

  • Linn
    Posted at 00:08h, 16 August Reply

    Menton looks like the perfect place! I can’t wait to travel there. Stunning photos and great inspiration!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:54h, 16 August Reply

      Thank you Linn! The town of Menton is an absolute gem and I hope you can see it by yourself!

  • Kirsten Wendlandt
    Posted at 02:40h, 16 August Reply

    All of your photos are so gorgeous Ophélie! You make me want to visit France again so bad. Menton looks so lovely

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:55h, 16 August Reply

      Thank you so much Kirsten! I am sure you will love to wander in Menton too, hopefully you will visit France again!

  • Emma Walmsley
    Posted at 07:59h, 16 August Reply

    What a beautiful place! I’m looking forward to exploring France once we can travel freely again.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:56h, 16 August Reply

      France and Menton will be waiting for you Emma!

  • Natalie
    Posted at 13:50h, 16 August Reply

    I love the towns of southern France! I haven’t been to this one yet, but it looks so pretty!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 19:58h, 16 August Reply

      The South of France is really full of treasures Natalie! I am sure you will enjoy sightseeing in Menton!

  • Charlotte
    Posted at 14:41h, 16 August Reply

    Menton looks absolutely beautiful 😀 I’ve been wanting to visit for so long! Your photos are stunning, I especially love the one on the rocks at night!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:00h, 16 August Reply

      Thank you Charlotte! Menton is so pretty I hope you can visit it too Charlotte!

  • Courtney
    Posted at 18:01h, 16 August Reply

    Menton was not previously on my radar, but now I would love to visit! I could really use a relaxing break in Southern France right now. I would love walking through the Old Town. The architecture looks so special. But, I may need some insta-photo tips. Not sure my photos would capture it as well. 🙂

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:02h, 16 August Reply

      Menton is nicknamed the “pearl of France” for a good reason Courtney! I loved it so much I was thinking about visiting again, the ambiance is really nice! I would love to help you about taking the best photos, maybe I should write an article about it!

  • Lindley
    Posted at 20:07h, 16 August Reply

    So cute!!! I love menton, and the colors.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:07h, 17 August Reply

      It’s such a lovely colorful city Lindley!

  • Kirstie Will
    Posted at 20:57h, 16 August Reply

    I’ve been dreaming of visiting Menton for so long! Definitely saving this so I can take dreamy photos when I finally go.

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:08h, 17 August Reply

      It was also on my list since a while Kirstie and it was amazing to visit it! I hope you can make your dream come true!

  • Tina
    Posted at 14:27h, 17 August Reply

    Menton looks incredible! Your photo are stunning (+ your outfits are to die for)

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 20:10h, 17 August Reply

      Menton is totally worth the hype Tina: it’s fantastic! Thank you for the compliments!

  • Lyne
    Posted at 12:24h, 22 August Reply

    I have been to Menton as a kid but I have no memories of it, which is a shame because all those photos spots look amazing!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 00:01h, 23 August Reply

      Menton is so pretty Lyne! I hope you can go there again to create new memories!

  • Talia
    Posted at 23:15h, 29 August Reply

    Those spots are so cool Ophelie! Never been to Menton but you definitely make me wanna go!

    • Limitlesssecrets
      Posted at 10:45h, 14 September Reply

      This city is a gem Talia, you will love it for sure!

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